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What films of this century do you believe will be considered Essential Classic Films in fifty years? And why those films?

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Not many.

 

One hopes that in 50 years the vapid craze for cartoons, comic books, fantasy, horror, and endless remakes and sequels will be over. These are all right in their places but they've taken over and driven adults out of theaters.

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MEMENTO (2000) - Good mystery/thriller. Relies heavy on story and dialogue vs CGI. Has a present day noir feel to it. Definitely a movie that calls for repeat viewing.

 

It is just one that quickly comes to mind.

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I'm hoping that *The King's Speech* (2010) would be mentioned. It not only illustrates important events in England's history, but it brings to light a very real and crippling affliction (speech impediment), and it's treated by the filmmakers in a sensitive way. It has incredible acting by Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. I haven't seen it more than once but I imagine I would appreciate it even more with multiple viewings.

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I went back 20 years, to 1991. Year by year, I thin you can make an argument for any of these to be essentials in 50 years:

 

 

2010

 

Social Network (perfectly captures a huge moment in recent history)

 

Black Swan (brilliant and disturbing)

 

Inception (the weakest of these three from 2010, but I think it'll hold up)

 

 

2008

 

Wall*E (I'd just pick one Pixar movie as an Essential, between this, "Nemo" and "Toy Story")

 

 

2007

 

Juno (captures the times, and a breakout star performance from Ellen Page)

 

 

2005

 

Grizzly Man (very troubling, but maybe all the more essential for that)

 

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (yes. seriously)

 

 

2004

 

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

 

 

2003

 

Finding Nemo

 

 

2002

 

Adaptation

 

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (great performances from Clooner and Sam Rockwell)

 

 

2001

 

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (you can[t argue it's not Essential)

 

Moulin Rouge! (something by Baz Luhrmann will have to be on an Essentials list)

 

Spirited Away (a beautiful, touching, haunting film)

 

Ocean's Eleven

 

The Royal Tenenbaums

 

Monsters, Inc.(another possible choice for a Pixar film)

 

 

2000

 

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (beautiful film, and Ang Lee should be represented on the list)

 

Almost Famous (amazing film, career-making performance for Kate Hudson)

 

Memento

 

 

1999

 

Being John Malkovich

 

Fight Club

 

The Sixth Sense

 

Magnolia

 

The Iron Giant (incredibly touching and surprisingly serious film)

 

Eyes Wide Shut (Kubrick's last complete film; it'll have to be included for that if nothing else)

 

eXistenZ (David Cronenberg's best film)

 

 

1998

 

The Thin Red Line

 

The Big Lebowski

 

Out of Sight

 

 

1997

 

L.A. Confidential

 

Boogie Nights

 

Grosse Pointe Blank

 

 

1996

 

Fargo

 

 

1995

 

Toy Story

 

The Usual Suspects

 

Leaving Las Vegas

 

Apollo 13

 

Heat

 

 

1994

 

Pulp Fiction

 

The Madness of King George

 

The Lion King

 

Il Postino

 

The Last Seduction

 

The Hudsucker Proxy

 

 

1993

 

Groundhog Day

 

Schindler's List

 

The Remains of the Day

 

The Age of Innocence

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas

 

 

1992

 

Unforgiven

 

Resevoir Dogs

 

Glengarry Glen Ross

 

Scent of a Woman

 

 

1991

 

The Silence of the Lambs

 

The Fisher King

 

Thelma and Louise

L.A. Story

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